FTR Reports Final Net Trailer Orders for July Met Expectations at 13,400 Units

08.16.17 | FTR

FTR reports final July net trailer orders at 13,400 units, falling from June with a m/m drop of 29%, but still up 40% from last July.  The July activity met expectations with all segments except flatbeds taking a hit.  Trailers orders have now totaled 264,000 units over the past twelve months.  Production fell over 3% from June on a per day basis.  Backlogs fell 8% and remain 12% below a year ago.

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Don Ake, FTR Vice President of Commercial Vehicles, commented, “The trailer market had a typical month of July.  Orders usually fall as fleet managers take a break and turn their focus to next year.  The bright spots this month are the strong flatbed orders, and that production did not fall much from June’s impressive totals.  This indicates production should be fairly steady the rest of the year.

“Most fleets have their orders in for this year. We expect August orders to be subdued before starting to recover in September.  The fall order season should be robust, as freight demand continues to grow and fleets lose productivity due to use of Electronic Logging Devices.”

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